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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City. It Needs an Expansion and Relocation!

There is a strong rumor that AMEX will relocate their lounge to the La Guardia arrivals and departures hall once renovations at La Guardia (LGA)are complete. This makes a lot of sense, as the lounge could be easily accessed by passengers that are departing or arriving from either concourse, east and west and because this lounge is in serious need of an expansion and facelift. 


1.  Location


You’ll find the LGA Centurion Lounge pre-security on the 3rd floor between Concourse B and C — if you’re flying from any other terminal, a Route A or B airport shuttle is available on the arrivals level that can take you to this section of the airport. Don’t forget that you’ll still have to clear security after visiting this lounge, so keep an eye on the TV in the dining room to see how long the security line is. The agent will give you advice on how long to give yourself to get to your gate even without asking. 

It is difficult to find this lounge but there are signs telling you where to go and we found anyone working at the airport can tell you directions.  

When you arrive to the entrance you will think you are in the wrong place since it looks like an employee area back hall.  

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City


2.  Checkin


This is no difference from other Centurion Lounges.  Be sure to ask the agent how long it will take you to get through security to your gate, but as we said before, they will most likely tell you without asking.  We have been to this lounge when it is extremely crowded due to weather cancellations, and if you notice it is crowded, ask the agent to help find you a seat.  There are no special services, like manicures or massages at DFW, so there is no need to ask. 

3.  Seating


There are only 110 seats in this small lounge, and as we said, on a busy day of cancellations, between families and luggage, the seats can fill pretty quickly.  On this day, there was plenty of seats though the lunch time hour on a weekday.  There is an area with a few couches, many tables and chairs and a bar.  There are many outlets here, including in the floor if you need them.  A children's play area is near the entrance and a long line of couches with a few televisions along the connecting hall.  

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City


Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

4.  Bar


The usual premium alcohol selections are available at the bar: "Enjoy a cocktail developed by one of the nation's top mixologists, Jim Meehan, or explore wines handpicked by renowned wine authority Anthony Giglio."  We enjoyed champagne and a Bloody Mary.

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City


5.  Food


Although the food was delicious, we found the number of food offerings at this location to not be as plentiful as at other Centurion Lounges.  Food at this lounge is planned by one of Zagat’s top 30 under 30 chefs, C├ędric Vongerichten.  The buffet was squeaky clean and service to collect your dishware.  

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

6. Restrooms


There is no difference here, except the restrooms are small and have the typical L'Occitane products.

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City


7.  Amenities


Not as plentiful as other locations, computers, a printer, newspapers and magazines are available for you should you need them.  These are located near the entrance.  The video screens of security lines near the restrooms are a nice touch.  

Review of the Centurion Lounge at La Guardia Airport in New York City

Sometimes you are traveling and you cannot watch your things closely.  Of course we think of the Centurion Lounge as a safe zone, that may not always be the case.  We always recommend traveling with a system that you can secure your valuables to a fixed object.  The Triple Security Lock from Lewis & Clark is a great and lightweight way to do that.  Click The Image Below for More information at Amazon:

Bottom Line:


Although not the best Centurion Lounge, we still believe the lounges by American Express allow for the best meal experience of all with the exception of the Priority Pass Restaurant offerings of which there are 29 nationwide.  If you want a meal, first check if Priority Pass has a restaurant at your departure or arrival airport, and if not, head to any available Centurion Lounge.  If you just want to relax and have cocktails, the Centurion Lounge is probably your best option.  We certainly hope the rumors that this lounge will be moved and enlarged are true!




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